Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has congratulated compatriot Sarina Wiegman as the Dutch coach prepares to lead England into the Women’s World Cup final.
England will take on Spain in the Women’s World Cup final in Australia this weekend as the Lionesses look to be crowned world champions for the first time.
Their successful tournament so far has continued a meteoric rise under Wiegman, who guided England to European Championship success on home soil last summer.
Such has been her impact, FA chief executive Mark Bullingham has said that Wiegman will be considered as a candidate to replace Gareth Southgate in charge of the senior men’s team if, or when, he leaves his role with the Three Lions.
Ten Hag was asked for his view ahead of Sunday’s final, in which Manchester United players Mary Earps, Ella Toone and Katie Zelem could all feature, and was keen to praise Wiegman for her role in England’s recent success.
“Oh, it’s great. First, a Dutch manager [Sarina Wiegman] doing a great job for England. She’s doing a great job for England, so I’m very proud of her,” Ten Hag said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Tottenham.
“Coming from a Dutch school. But of course, I am a supporter and a fan of the England women’s team and I really cross my fingers and hope that they return with the World Cup.”